Debussy’s

Pelléas and Mélisande

NEW PRODUCTION

Supported by Dunard Fund & The Alexander Gibson Circle

Theatre Royal

Glasgow

Thu 23 Feb to Sat 4 Mar

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Festival Theatre

Edinburgh

Tue 7 Mar to Sat 11 Mar

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Prince Golaud finds Mélisande, a mysterious young woman, lost in a forest. Entranced, he marries her and takes her home. But Mélisande becomes increasingly close to his half-brother, Pelléas, and soon Golaud is convinced that she has betrayed him…

World-renowned director Sir David McVicar is joined by the design team behind War Horse, Rae Smith and Paule Constable, as he directs Debussy’s extraordinary opera. Inspired by the paintings of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi, their production brings to life an enigmatic tale of love, honour, jealousy and loss, of things half-expressed and lives half-lived.

‘Pelléas is an opera unlike any other. Debussy’s lyrical, sensuous music casts an hypnotic spell whilst the drama is compelling, unbearably moving.' Sir David McVicar

Shimmering and ephemeral, Debussy’s finely wrought score is a constant interplay of light and dark, water and sunlight. The outstanding cast includes internationally acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson (The Rake’s Progress 2012), baritone Roland Wood (Carmen 2015) and Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winner Andrei Bondarenko. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in French with English supertitles
Running time approx. 3 hrs

Listen

  • PLAYLIST Credits for Act 1 Scene 1: A forest (Orchestral) Credits for Act 1 Scene 1: A forest (Golaud/Mélisande) Credits for Act 2 Scene 1: A well in the park (Pelléas /Mélisande) Credits for Act 3 Scene 1: One of the castle towers (Mélisande) Credits for Act 4 Scene 2: A passage in the castle (Arkel) Credits for Act 4 Scene 4: A well in the park (Pelléas /Mélisande)

  • Act 1 Scene 1: A forest (Orchestral)
  • Act 1 Scene 1: A forest (Golaud/Mélisande)
  • Act 2 Scene 1: A well in the park (Pelléas /Mélisande)
  • Act 3 Scene 1: One of the castle towers (Mélisande)
  • Act 4 Scene 2: A passage in the castle (Arkel)
  • Act 4 Scene 4: A well in the park (Pelléas /Mélisande)
Close credits panel

Cast & Creative Team

Pelléas
Andrei Bondarenko

Mélisande
Carolyn Sampson

Golaud
Roland Wood

Arkel, King of Allemonde
Alastair Miles

Geneviève
Anne Mason

Doctor
Jonathan May

Conductor
Stuart Stratford

Director
Sir David McVicar

Designer
Rae Smith

Lighting
Paule Constable

Movement Director
Leah Hausman

Projection Designer
Jack Henry James

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try a free hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Glasgow
Tue 28 Feb, 6pm

Edinburgh
Wed 8 Mar, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Glasgow
Sat 4 Mar, 6pm

Edinburgh
Sat 11 Mar, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped and pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.

Access

If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Glasgow
Sat 4 Mar, 6pm

Edinburgh
Sat 11 Mar, 6pm

Audio Described

Glasgow
Sat 4 Mar, 7.15pm

Edinburgh
Sat 11 Mar, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.